Welcome, welcome, welcome ladies and gentlemen to the weird and wonderful world of steampunk. What is steampunk you ask? Why, it is many things, but let's call it an aesthetic sensibility. Gears, corsets, dirigibles, and don't forget your goggles. There is steampunk music, fashion, art, and of course books!
Steampunk has its roots in the scientific romances of the mid-19th century but really took flight (steam powered of course!) in the 1980s and most recently in the aught-aughts. A group of writers (Jeter, Blaylock, Powers) working in southern California would meet up at their local watering hole and realized they were all writing similar works, as a joke they called it "Steampunk".
As a youth nearly everyone goes through an Egyptology phase, right?
Well, mine never really went away, though it did morph into something a bit different. No longer intrigued by pictographic writing, or ceremonies dedicated to sun gods, now I'm just fascinated with human fruit leathers, people pickled in bogs, or dehydrated on steppes, MUMMIES! There is a touring exhibition going around the US right now called Mummies of the World. Currently the exhibition is in Salt Lake City, UT until the end of May and I am keeping my fingers crossed that it comes to Denver!
In recognition of World Poetry Day, Denver Public Library will be hosting a poetry reading Thursday, March 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Central Library in our Jaren Ducker Browsing Area (north of fiction).
Seven local poets will be out to read their work! So bring your lunch and drop on in, we'd love to see you!
In 1999 during their 30th session the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization declared March 21 to be World Poetry Day. In part because "[t]here is still a tendency in the media and among the general public to refuse to take the poet seriously. Action is needed to free ourselves in order to make this image a thing of the past and to give poetry its rightful place in society."1
With the Avengers tearing it up at the box office I am prompted to pay homage to the genius behind the action blockbuster of the summer.
Joss Whedon has long been a cult favorite, from his creation of a certain cheerleader who moonlights as a vampire slayer, to his amazing futuristic weird western, he has always flown a bit below the radar. Now with the Avengers kickin' butt and takin' names at the box office perhaps this under-appreciated auteur will finally make the A-list!
Long time fans of Whedon have always appreciated his witty and oddball brand of humor. Smart, fast paced, filled with in-jokes that are said with a certain wry flair are some of his trademarks.
Wicked, the amazing Broadway hit came to Denver April-May, I have seen the show, I have read the books and I LOVE Wicked, and now Snow White and the Huntsman is tearing it up at the box office but what about other lesser known retold stories?
I have a fascination with stories told from the outsider's perspective, or stories told with an unexpected slant. It has always been a dream of mine to get a degree that studies fairytales just so I could spend years and years and years reading and rereading the same stories told different ways, but I digress.
For years I have tried and failed to make it all the way through a Terry Pratchett novel, but his movies, now that's another story...
I don't know why, I try and try yet Pratchett's novels are just beyond me. I love witty books, I love quirky British novels, I like footnotes and random asides in fiction but I just cannot read Terry Pratchett, but his movies, now those I can get behind.
Spring is the time of year when people start to hit those trails again, and the holds lists for hiking guides just sky rocket. But don't just stop at the trail guide learn more about your hike with some of these excellent materials.
Add some depth to your trek by bringing along a field guide or two:
With such a mild winter the Miller Moths have arrived with a vengeance, and just before them those little tiny moths (Clothes Moths) arrived en masse to my house. You know, the ones that will eat all your favorite sweaters and you won't know until the fall...
So with moths on the mind I thought I would throw together a little list of all things moth-y!
Mothman Prophecies This movie is a strange and lurid account of the strange occurrences that took place in the 1960s in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. With appearances lasting for only a year, the mothman has had a place in the canon of American urban legends ever since.